People going directly to Google to perform a search (who does that any more?..but we digress) were curious to find a big Google zipper going from the top of their screen to the bottom of the screen. More interesting was the fact that they could grab the pull tab on the zipper and unzip the screen, which then revealed a Google search for Gideon Sundback (more properly “Gideon Sundbäck”) who, while not the father of the zipper – as he didn’t invent it – was the one who made the zipper an everyday item; thus we dub him the Uncle of the Zipper.
As the story goes, Sundback was employed at a company at which Whitcomb Judson, the inventor of what was at the time called the “Judson C-curity Fastener”, worked. Judson had invented, along with a fellow engineer, a crude precursor to the zipper as we know it today. The problem was that it was based on hooks and eyes, and also it did not have a smooth operation.
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Sundback worked on the fastener, and ultimately developed a “hookless fastener”, which then evolved into the zipper as we know it today.
Sundback was born on April 24th, 1880, and Google decided to honor Sundback on the 132nd anniversary of his birth, with the Google zipper.
And now you know.
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